Nigel Dunlop

Present Position

Barrister and Mediator

Professional Experience

Lawyer since 1978. Extensive experience in criminal law, youth law and family law.

Mediator since 1993. Has conducted more than 680 mediations involving some 3500 hours and some2,000 parties, with a 93% settlement rate.

Career Summary

Nigel is a barrister specialising in dispute resolution outside the courts.

Drawing on 40 years of legal experience, he primarily mediates, and sits on statutory tribunals. He also arbitrates disputes and carries out employment related investigations.

Nigel has mediated more than 680 disputes involving some 3,500 hours of mediation and some 2,000 parties. He has achieved a 93% settlement rate.

Nigel is an accredited mediator under the Family Dispute Resolution scheme. He is one of only a very few FDR mediators holding triple accreditation with AMINZ, Resolution Institute and the NZ Law Society.

His family law background included more than 25 years representing children. He has both psychology and law degrees. He has extensive experience in mental health law.

Nigel is an approved mediator of older persons disputes.

In addition to family disputes and older persons disputes, Nigel mediates civil and commercial disputes. He also mediates health and disability, workplace, retirement villageand domain name disputes.

Nigel is a former President of the Canterbury District Law Society and Council member of the NZ Law Society.

Nigel is a disputes panel member under the Retirement Villages Act appointed by the Retirement Commissioner. He has adjudicated and mediated retirement village disputes in various parts of New Zealand.

He is now Nelson based although works throughout NZ. He does not charge travel time or expenses for work outside Nelson.


Deputy president of the Film and Literature Board of Review (appointed by the Governor General),deputy member of theMental Health Review Tribunal (appointed by Minister of Health), member of adjudication panel under the Retirement Villages Act (appointed by the Retirement Commissioner), chair of a complaints assessment committee under the Real Estate Agents Act, and member of the AMINZ Disciplinary Tribunal.


Nigel's extensive number of published articles about mediation and arbitration are to be found on

Personal Summary

4th generation New Zealander, married with adult children. Stays fit from cycling, yoga and swimming.


Former President of Canterbury District Law Society and Council member of New Zealand Law Society. Former chair of a high schoolboard of trustees. Former chair of board of directors of large national private health provider. Former Convenor of the International Education Review Panel under the Education Act.

Speciality Areas

An accredited Family Dispute Resolution mediator and older persons mediator. As well as mediating family and older persons matters, he mediates a wide range of other disputes, including commercial, civil, building, health and disability, domain name, and employment relationships.


BA (psychology) and LLB from University of Otago. AMINZ Panel of Mediators. Resolution Institute Advanced Panel of Mediators. Accredited for Family Dispute Resolution by AMINZ, the Resolution Institute and the NZ Law Society.

EQC Mediation Profile

Nigel Dunlop is a barrister with 25 years experience in mediation. He has mediated more than 660 cases involving over 3,00 hours of mediation and around parties with a 93% settlement rate. As a leading and senior mediator, he has written extensively in legal publications about mediation and negotiation, and conducted mediation and negotiation seminars and workshops. He is a member of the AMINZ Disciplinary Tribunal. Nigel now resides in Nelson, but until recently resided for 28 years in Christchurch, and then Auckland for 8 years. He mediates throughout NZ. Amongst other things, he was the President of the Canterbury District Law Society and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Linwood College. Nigel was the owner of a severely earthquake damaged property in Redcliffs, Christchurch. Nigel is on mediation panels for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment(leaky homes cases), Health and Disability Commissioner, Domain Name Commissioner, New Zealand Law Society complaints service and the Family Court. Nigel is a deputy member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, appointed by the Minister of Health. He is a disputes panel member under the Retirement Villages Act, appointed by the Retirement Commissioner. He is a former Chair of the Review Panel under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, appointed by the Secretary for Education. Nigel also conducts arbitrations and investigations. Nigel's website contains a great deal of material about himself and mediation,including tips about how parties should prepare for mediation. You can ring him on 021 685 910.